Hope Clinic to host second annual Magnolia Blossoms luncheon - Hope Clinic will host its second annual Magnolia Blossoms luncheon on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. The venue again this year is the Women's Building at 407 W. Jefferson Street in Waxahachie. The luncheon will honor the First Ladies of Ellis County.
"We have a wonderful speaker lined up again this year," said Dr. Mackie Owens, chief executive officer at the clinic.
"Her name is Patti Foster, and she is a survivor of traumatic brain injury with a real passion for service to others."
Foster, a veteran of radio broadcast and a talented musician, credits her faith in God for the positive attitude that enabled her to recover from the tragic auto accident that left her in a coma for six weeks.
"My response? Throwing my head back and laughing from the tip of my toes to the top of my head," Foster said. "It's the best medicine ever. Want some?"
A quintessentially southern flower, the magnolia blossom speaks to us of strength, beauty and perseverance, and in some cultures is also representative of health and healing. An ancient species, developing before the advent of bees, the magnolia blossom is much stronger than it appears.
"For all these reasons, we felt the magnolia blossom was a perfect symbol for this annual luncheon," Owens said. "This is a luncheon for women in our community, to appreciate them, to enlist their help in serving the vulnerable population we exist to serve, and to empower them to serve in their own unique ways."
Established in 2000 by an all-volunteer advocate coalition, Hope Clinic exists to show the light of God's love to the medically underserved in our community, by ministering to their spiritual, physical, and emotional needs.
"Because we are about the whole person, there is a job for every volunteer," said Owens. "There are even jobs to be done that we haven't thought of yet. We established the Magnolia Blossom luncheon to reach out to the women of Ellis County, and neighboring counties, to make new connections and strengthen old friendships, so that together we can better serve those in need."
"Wear your favorite hat for the occasion!" Owens added.